Primate said to like cycling with his lid on, authorities say kids should do likewise

A bicycle-riding orangutan has been recruited – some might say exploited – to become the figurehead of a road safety campaign in Thailand.

Bam, aged 8, lives at Dusit Zoo, where a road safety campaign was launched by the government last Friday, and according to Metro enjoys riding his blue bike complete with stabilisers.

The newspaper, which has a gallery of pictures of Bam and two fellow orangutans on their bikes, adds that he does so while wearing his cycle helmet, a message that the campaign presumably wants to reinforce to children.

According to Metro, an average of 559 road traffic accidents are reported in Thailand each day, causing 616 injuries and 52 deaths, although no source is quoted.

Bam isn’t the only animal in Thailand who apparently likes life in the saddle if these pictures of (helmetless) dogs on motorbikes are anything to go by… although in this case, we’re hoping the engines are switched off.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.